Speech-Language Pathologist

What Does a Speech-Language Pathologist Do?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate a patient’s speech, language, cognitive, communication and swallowing skills in order to diagnose a speech disorder.

The SLP will likely evaluate the following categories:

  • Understanding and use of different words
  • Correct use of words incorrectly formed sentences
  • Use of language for different purposes
  • Pronunciation of speech sounds
  • Physical ability to produce speech
  • Voice quality
  • Fluency or smooth flow of speech
  • Fine motor skills

How to Prepare for a Speech Evaluation

1. Setup an Appointment

Both children and adults experiencing issues with their voice or speech can benefit from a speech-language pathologist visit. Early treatment is key to preventing problems down the road so scheduling an appointment at the first sign of trouble is crucial to long-term success.

2. Discuss Your Concerns

After completing the required paperwork, you and your speech-language pathologist will review your medical history and discuss your concerns related to speech, language, social or feeding difficulties.

3. Complete an Assessment

Depending on the age of the patient and the specific concerns, a speech-language pathologist may perform a number of assessments, including play-based activities or more structured tests.

4. Review a Treatment Plan

Personal goals, history and assessment results will be used to craft a custom-made treatment plan with clear objectives and expectations.

Every person’s speech needs are unique to them. Our customized treatment plans work with each individual’s comfort and ability levels. Progress goals are determined together and are adjustable. Patient-focused therapy is only an appointment away. Schedule now.

Call Hearing Speech + Deaf Center at
(513) 221-0527
for more information or to schedule an appointment.